San Fran trio Balms is bringing emo-pop to Empty Bottle

On February 16, Balms is performing at Chicago’s beloved Empty Bottle alongside local heavy hitters Dark Fog, Diagonal, and Bow & Spear.

Grunge-meets-pop trio Balms is making waves from the west coast, down to Mexico, and up east in support of their debut album Mirror. One of their singles, “Candle”, has received great praise from NPR’s All Songs Considered.

If you’re a fan of enticing instrumentals, hypnotizing vocals, and drama - you gotta keep your eyes peeled for Balms. Mirror will be available for your listening pleasure February 1st - preorder it here.

Find ways to keep up with these rockers down below.

RIYL: Sloucher, Turnover, Castlebeat

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Written by Alicia Maciel (Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji.

John Maus' two-night Chicago takeover

Headlining back to back nights at two of Chicago’s premier venues is goth pop act John Maus. Taking over Pilsen’s Thalia Hall Monday followed by underground music’s beloved Empty Bottle Tuesday - this Minnesotan’s lo-fi performances are not to be missed.

Attentively listening through John Maus’ six releases (via Ribbon Music/Domino Records), I found myself hypnotized by the instrumentals. Debut Songs (2006) features track “That Night”, which harnessed my attention immediately as the unexpected indie guitar added a breath of fresh air. Integrated with purposeful rhythmic randomization, impressive synth, and upbeat bursts - synth pop welcomed its newest artist to watch for.

Maus dove into new realms of ambiance with follow-up Love is Real (2007). With first impression being more soothing and polished than prior, the emphasis of bass stays top of mind for listeners. Tracks like “My Whole World’s Coming Apart” have bass lines that rip while song “Don’t Worship The Devil” compels anyone to get up and dance. Wrapping the album with dance tracks and “Old Town” as a nod to Nirvana, I was intrigued as to what was to next.

Reaching the equivalent of landmark status, Maus’ third record We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves released in 2011. A fan favorite, the album kicked off with a neat introduction, followed by hopeful tones, outstanding groove, and countless nuances. The minute “Hey Moon” kicked in with a breathtaking duet, I understood why many deem this as Maus’ best album.

Taking time to live in rural Minnesota for six years, the experimental musician focused on creating instruments and finishing academia with a focus in political philosophy. A true enthusiast of DIY, Maus records in one of his bedrooms to ensure his music holds its rawness. It’s no surprise that acts like John Maus have influenced a plethora of bands today including the on-the-rise Preoccupations.

His love for baroque, orchestrated arrangements, and variety of pop shines from his authentic persona. Maus’ latest releases Screen Memories and Addendum were developed over his time in the midwest. Self-describing Screen Memories as more thought over and Addendum as what came easier, seeing John Maus perform livens the character of his music.

Find ways to keep up with the artist down below.

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Written by Alicia Maciel (Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji.

Muses of Music: Audiotree Music Festival 2018

As Kalamazoo welcomes thirty bands September 22 & 23 — find blurbs, tunes, and set times of OUTSTANDING acts with female representation.

Alicia Maciel

While “muse” is often defined as an individual who inspires artists, we will refer to women taking ATMF’s stage as muses for this article. The reason being is that women taking the stage influence not only fans, but the industry as a whole.

With the resurgence of touring and festivals spilling over to autumn, avid fans strive to discover marginalized representation at upcoming shows. Cutting through the noise are eleven impeccable bands performing at Audiotree Music Festival’s fifth installment.

Left to right: Brigitte Naggar (Common Holly), Miranda Winters (Melkbelly), Laura Lee (Khruanbin)

Left to right: Brigitte Naggar (Common Holly), Miranda Winters (Melkbelly), Laura Lee (Khruanbin)

Common Holly

Inspired by the development of what it means to be a person, Montreal-raised singer Brigitte Naggar composes clever tracks that tug one’s heartstrings. Resonating lyrics that can fill your heart with joy and eyes with tears, don’t miss her performance on Sunday.

[12:00PM MAIN STAGE]

Melkbelly | Miranda Winters

Derived from Chicago’s DIY roots is a prominent noise-rock act. With Miranda Winters hitting dynamic notes twice that Saturday, the intricate arrangements performed in the full band’s set embody the catchiness of droney, punk music.

[Melkbelly 1:45PM MAIN STAGE] | [Miranda Winters 4:30PM WIDR FM STAGE]

Khruangbin

Laura Lee transmitted her passion from teaching math to learning bass - leading to the formation of the Texan trio late 2010. In under a decade, the psychedelic funk band continues to tour the world, incorporating eclectic styles causing listeners to become devoted fans. Keep them on your radar Saturday night!

[7:30PM MAIN STAGE]

V.V. Lightbody

After performing with Chicago acts Santah and Grandkids for a few years, Vivian McConnell decided 2018 was the right time to release solo work. Taking on the moniker of V.V. Lightbody (the name of her piano-playing grandmother), her signature “nap-rock” style will hypnotize onlookers Saturday at ATMF.

[1:15PM WIDR FM STAGE]

Slow Mass

Combining styles of post-hardcore with indie rock, the band’s debut album teases their untapped potential. 2018 signifies the three-year anniversaries of Slow Mass and bassist Mercedes Webb picking up their instrument. Check them out Sunday for surge of emotion.

[5:45PM WIDR FM STAGE]

Major Murphy

Stoked on releasing their debut full-length earlier this year, this Michigan band takes rock pop to new levels. Bassist Jacki Warren is key to the trio’s rich harmonies that inhibit anyone to sway along Sunday.

[12:50PM MAIN STAGE]

Moss Jaw

Kalamazoo’s home to this DIY shoegaze-meets-indie-folk band. Co-sphering their surrealist lyricism is Kayley Kerastas on vocals and guitar. Anticipating their debut full-length this fall, be front and center for this sonic act Saturday.

[12:25 PM @ MAIN STAGE]

Diet Cig

Who would’ve anticipated that interrupting a band’s set for a lighter could lead to new heights? Alex Luciano takes on guitar and vocals in this New York duo, with back to back sing-a-longs resonating with fans Saturday.

[5:00PM @ MAIN STAGE]

Maybe April

Based out of Nashville, this country Americana act’s three-part harmonies have turned heads since 2012. Mingling at a music industry camp led Kristen Castro, Katy DuBois, and Alaina Stacey to share the spotlight on cross country tours — performing Saturday.

[2:15PM @ WIDR FM STAGE]

The Regrettes

Punk takes a pop route for this LA act. Performing are frontwoman Lydia Night, Genessa Gariano on guitar, and Sage Nicole on bass –ready to rile up the crowd and leave their hearts onstage Saturday.

[3:45PM @ MAIN STAGE]

Buy tickets for ATMF 2018 here and find the full schedule here!

Varsity premieres video for single "A Friend Named Paul"

Chicago’s beloved rock-pop quartet dove deep to retrieve what’s their best music video yet.

Alicia Maciel

On August 2, 2018 – Varsity released the official video for “A Friend Named Paul”, a single from Parallel Person, their sophomore album released April 2018 via Babe City Records. Turning heads of loyal fans to publications such as Billboard and The Grey Estates (a personal favorite), Varsity’s dedication to top-notch visuals surpasses expectations once again.

Screenshot derived from video

Screenshot derived from video

Directed by creatives Mark Pallman and Amanda Speva, Varsity expressed enthusiastically that their friends interpreted their small idea and “expanded it beyond anything we could’ve dreamed up ourselves”.

From members Steph Smith (vocals, keys), Dylan Weschler (guitar), Patrick Stanton (guitar), Paul Stolz (bass), and Jake Stolz (drums) being decked out in monochromatic outfits to the adorable, elderly women perfecting choreography – the video captivates watchers easily.

Staged in a swimming pool, the whimsical video tells a story about one contemplating their love for another. The resonating themes of desire and pessimism contrast impeccably with colors seen and track’s playfulness.

Easing into their momentum, Varsity continues to work on intriguing music while landing on bills alongside Japanese Breakfast, Mothers, and more. Creating personable music that’s close to my heart, I hope that this indie rock band positively impacts and performs near you sometime soon.

In the meantime, take a look at their latest video for "A Friend Named Paul" below:


Varsity's performing at Beat Kitchen Aug 31 with LVL UP and Fran! Buy tickets here and stay tuned with these locals below.

Photo by Kristina Pedersen

Photo by Kristina Pedersen


Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji. This article can also be found on Decibelle.

Faux Furrs debuts new video "Timmy's Vacation"

Lighthearted, humorous personalities shine through in this local rock band's latest video "Timmy's Vacation" -- self-released August 9, 2018.

Alicia Maciel 

Based in Logan Square and playing venues around Chicago, garage-psych band Faux Furrs premiered a new track called "Timmy's Vacation" this August.

Faux Furrs, photo by Alicia Maciel

Faux Furrs, photo by Alicia Maciel

Gaining traction over the years from sharing bills with touring acts The Shivas and Spaceface to beloved locals like The Voluptuals and The Curls -- avid show goers may have noticed Faux Furrs lying low this summer.

Original members Ryan Deffet (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Ryan Shuck (drums) welcomed new additions Lena Rush (bass) and Ryan Nolen (guitar) enthusiastically. After countless jam and tracking sessions, Faux Furrs decided the time was right to get back into the swing of things.

Taken from a puppet's perspective, "Timmy's Vacation" is a bright, lively song with video footage shot over a year. Living up to the DIY mentality - check out the video shot, directed, and edited by Ryan Deffet and Ryan Shuck below.


Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji. This article can also be found on Decibelle.

Guerilla Toss releases new single "Green Apple"

Taking over Chicago's Hideout September 22 and hitting cities from both coasts along the way, new-wave-jazz-meets-punk duo Guerilla Toss releases new track

Alicia Maciel  

Ecstatic to release Twisted Crystal [LP], NYC-based act Guerilla Toss keeps fans on their tip toes with the debut of "Green Apple". The second single (debuted August 16) instantly hits listeners with intergalactic tones and the vivaciousness catches anyone's interest from current followers to new ears. 

Guerilla Toss, courtesy of Force Field PR

Guerilla Toss, courtesy of Force Field PR

The core duo, Kassie Carlson (vocals) and Pete Negroponte (producer/vocalist), have outdone themselves - stylizing an organic punk take on art rock that's become GT's signature. The upcoming album showcases more complexity than their previous releases, with additional members Arian Shadier (textual guitar), Sam Lisabeth (keys), and Stephen Cooper helping bring the tracks to life.

To be considered catchy, pop jazz, psychedelic, punk, and even new wave doesn't happen quite often. Carlson's sing speak vocals are hypnotizing, especially layered with fascinating, outlandish effects.

Give a listen to "Green Apple" by Guerilla Toss and find ways to stay up-to-date with the band below.


Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji.

 

We Are Scientists' Return + Summer Tour

Alicia Maciel | June 2018

We Are Scientists, a.k.a. "W.A.S.", are hitting the road this summer across the U.S. Members Keith Murray (guitar and lead vocals) and Chris Cain (bass guitar and backing vocals), started playing together back in 1997 and moved to NY in 2001. Known for taking indie rock pop in new directions for over a decade, We Are Scientists are coming to a city near you following the release of their sixth album Megaplex

Photo credit: Ted Leather

Photo credit: Ted Leather

Kicking off the tour June 13 at Boston's Sonia, the indie-rockers are coming to Chicago June 22 at The Empty Bottle. Full of hooks and fueled to positively influence listeners through their compositions, W.A.S.'s most recent release is bursting with bright tracks - making anyone want to dance. 

Megaplex is a ten track album recorded at Tim Wheeler from Ash’s Atomic Heart Studios in NYC and produced by Max Hart, whose work includes pop icon Katy Perry. The duo had tunnel vision set on making their sixth release creative, fun, and exciting - bringing We Are Scientists back on the map. Ready to reunite with fans on the dance floor, you could find W.A.S.'s links and tour dates down below. 


Megaplex by We Are Scientists (2018)

Megaplex by We Are Scientists (2018)


Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji.

pronoun: standing alone + making waves in indie pop

Alicia Maciel | June 2018

On June 5th, pronoun hit the Windy City to wrap up a stacked tour featuring CitizenBasementSouvenirsANGEL DU$T, and Oso Oso. Recording an enticing Audiotree session in the heart of Wicker Park and playing Cobra Lounge later that night, the Brooklyn act was more than delighted to be in a place that reminded them of home. While the genres of the bands mentioned above range from rock to emo and hardcore, indie synth pop would be far from what's expected on the same show bill.

At first listen, pronoun's style could remind anyone of acts like Tegan and Sara, The Killers, and even Hippo Campus.  Having a handful of singles out including "wrong" and "run, we were excited to learn more about the solo, female indie act. pronoun had some time on the road and was able to provide some insight as to how their music came to life.

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Q: Hey! Could you briefly introduce yourself?

A: Hi! I am Alyse, aka pronoun. I record, play, and produce all of the music for this project :D

Q: How did the project form and evolve into doing live performances?

A: Well, it started with me in my bedroom fumbling around my Squire and Pro Tools, adding layers and layers until I liked how the song sounded. Making the music was new for me, and I never expected to be playing live at all let alone on this level now.

When you're putting out music it's important to perform it, which I was very nervous about doing. My first show was way before I had put any songs out, I wanted to practice and be sure that the show was entertaining enough for when the music was released. Fast foward a couple of years and we have probably played over a hundred shows now. This latest tour (with Citizen) has brought my performance to a new level, I feel way more comfortable playing, singing, and on stage than I ever have before.

Q: Whoa - 100 shows already? That's fantastic to hear! I'm curious - how did you go about choosing the name pronoun? Any reasons it stuck?

A: In all honesty, a friend came up with it. However, when I revisited it after the fact I realized pronoun's can stand alone which is what I felt I was doing when I started this project.

Q: That's a lot deeper than I had anticipated. Assuming you have new work on the way, typically how long is the recording and composition process?

A: Really depends. The EP took about 1-2 days per song, this album is taking longer because I am in a different place emotionally and professionally in my day job. Putting out your first song/EP is very scary, however there's nothing to lose, no one knows who you are yet. I want to be sure that this album is a great next step and sounds like a new release, so I am putting a lot of time in to it.

Q: That's really inspiring! I've heard it's always difficult finding time to dive into recording when working a day job. Going further on composition - do you start with a riff, lyrics, or anything really?

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Photo by Shervin Lainez

A: Again really depends, but it's usually a guitar riff and the rest all follows shortly after. You can even hear it in each song out right now, each one has a specific guitar riff at the beginning, that's where the song started. 

Q: I'm a sucker for killer guitar riffs. I love how dancey yours are! Focusing on lyricism, do the lyrics tend to have deeper meanings, have a storytelling purpose, or are simply to convey emotions to your audience?

A: The lyrics are just very personal to me and I don't really write them with the audience in mind, but I do think that's why they stick out and can hit people in a significant way.

Q: Going beyond that, what emotions/messages would you like to resonate with your audience?

A: Stand up for yourself, know your worth, and never ever say never.

Q: If that saying doesn't keep you goin', I'm not sure what will! What's it like growing as a band in Brooklyn? What are you looking forward to? 

A: I'm looking forward to evolving my sounds and the themes of the music. I want to be around for a while and constantly be reinventing myself/music.

Q: Is the project heavily inspired by certain styles of music or bands?

A: Tons, off the top of my head it was Day Wave, Julien Baker, and The Japanese House who made me want to start making music again. But all in all - I think I am very influenced by Jimmy Eat World, The 1975, and a lot of other alternative rock bands that are being 100% true to themselves and their sounds. 


Looking forward to their bright future with nothing holding them back, pronoun's returning to Chicago this September to perform at Riot Fest! Reemphasizing the values of being true to yourself and developing as one grows - you can stay updated with pronoun by checking out any of the links down below.

Site | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify


Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_).

The Prettybads - Houston's poppy punk trio makes debut

Alicia Maciel | June 2018

The rock scene's surging with tons of bands from down south. Houston band The Prettybads is releasing their debut full-length Meet The Prettybads June 15th through Indie Vision Music. Strutting their talents through what can be described as poppy "soft-core" punk, the trio combines their experiences, personal beliefs, and imagination into lighthearted tracks for everyone to hear.

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Sticking true to punk rock roots, their self-recorded 20 track album shows what experiences and styles they've embraced together. Founding members and co-writers Jordan Prettybad and Kayla Prettybad have been composing side by side since 2007. In December 2016, Ben Bravo joined the band - transforming The Prettybads to the trio they are today. 

With songs running quick, infusing doo-wop with pop, melodrama, retro and plenty more - you'll dig their sound if you're a fan of acts Ramones, Ex-Girlfriends, The Interrupters, and Groovie Ghoulies. They're coming to Champagne-Urbana, Illinois and performing at AudioFeed Festival July 5!

Follow links below to stay in touch with The Prettybads!

Facebook | Instagram | Pre-order | AudioFeed Fest


Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_).

Greg Holden's "On The Run" and on the road

Alicia Maciel | May 2018

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Greg Holden debuted a new single called "On The Run" earlier this month. Produced by the one and only Butch Walker, who has worked with acts from Katy Perry to Weezer, this single follows up Chase the Sun, his third full-length studio album.

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Scottish-born and English-raised, this musician has turned heads the past few years - being recognized as an independent artist all over. Best known for writing Phillip Phillips' hit track "Home", he's earned praise from the likes of Cher to NPR and even Zane Lowe. 

Greg Holden is hitting the road this summer, headlining shows across Europe and tickets can be purchased HERE. A full list of shows can be found down below.

Greg Holden Tour Dates:

July 18th – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher

July 20th – Frankfurt, DE @ Venue TBA

July 21st – Cologne, DE @ The Nomad Music Festival

July 24th – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

July 25th – Hannover, DE @ Faust

July 26th – Berlin, DE @ Frannz

July 27th – Munich, DE @ Zehner Club

July 28th – Tettnang, DE @ Schlossgarten Open Air #

 

August 1st – London, UK @ Venue TBA

August 2nd – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church

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The Fratellis to headline Metro

Alicia Maciel | May 2018

Scottish rock trio The Fratellis are finally returning to Chicago after 3 years! Headlining a sold out show at Metro Friday, May 11 presented by 101 WKQX, the legendary nightclub will create an intimate setting for their long waited return. Their last show in the city at The Vic Theatre was filled with high energy, countless improvisation, and all hockey fans singing along to "Chelsea Dagger". The Fratellis are traveling the U.S. roads promoting their fifth studio album In Your Own Sweet Timevia Cooking Vinyl Limited.

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Adding to what may be their most pop release yet, the twelve track album continues to bring the band's signature style - playful, rhythmic, and sophisticated lyricism and instruments. While personal favorites from the new album include surf pop "Sugartown", Beach Boys influenced "Starcrossed Lovers",  and a synth pop development on their well-known style "The Next Time We Wed" - fans never know how the songs will be performed live.

Keep an eye out for European rockers The Fratellis and our coverage of their show!

Freedom's Goblin by Ty Segall paves the way for diverse rock music today

Alicia Maciel | April 2018

It’s been almost a year since Ty Segall and the Freedom band headlined a sold out show at Metro in Chicago and they're back this weekend at Riviera Theatre with Ty's most diverse release yet. Hitting the road following a mesmerizing performance of "Fanny Dog" on Conan in December 2017 and the album release January 2018, Freedom's Goblin is considered to be Segall's most diverse and raw release yet. 

Photo by Denée Segall

Photo by Denée Segall

Rolling Stone highlighted the album in its "54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018", describing tracks to “[range] from freaky garage jams to tender love songs”. Engineered by Steve Albini, F. Bermudez, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, and Ty himself – the idea behind the mixing was to take the imperfections of live performances and integrate them into studio recordings. Amplifying fuzz to new levels, the plethora of instruments and styles used enables a sense of freedom in all listeners. 

Photo by Denée Segall

Photo by Denée Segall

Freedom's Goblin has 19 tracks filling four sides of vinyl released via Drag City. With a desire to make your head spin, "Tydentities" (personalities) and unconcern of convention compiled over the span of a year which made this release one of the most eclectic and stand-out albums of 2018. Find track listing and tour dates below!

Freedom’s Goblin Tracklist
1.    Fanny Dog
2.    Rain
3.    Every 1’s a Winner
4.    Despoiler of Cadaver
5.    When Mommy Kills You
6.    My Lady’s On Fire
7.    Alta
8.    Meaning
9.    Cry Cry Cry
10.    Shoot You Up
11.    You Say All the Nice Things
12.    The Last Waltz
13.    She
14.    Prison
15.    Talkin 3
16.    The Main Pretender
17.    I’m Free
18.    5 Ft. Tall
19.    And, Goodnight
 

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Tour Dates

Apr. 5 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Apr. 6 – Rapid City, SD @ URSA MAJOR
Apr. 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Theater
Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr. 14 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
Apr. 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Apr. 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Apr. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Apr. 20 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Apr. 21 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Apr. 22 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
Apr. 26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Outdoor (Levitation 2018)
Apr. 27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda (part of Levitation)
April 29 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
 

Adults Books is channeling new wave in "Vivienne Westwood 1976"

Alicia Maciel | April 2, 2018

Dreamy, 80s inspired track "Vivienne Westwood 1976" makes you feel like your head's in the clouds while you're dancing in empty streets. 

Photo by David Fearn

Photo by David Fearn

Premiered on L.A. Record, L.A.'s biggest music publication since 2015, Californian rockers Adult Books debuted their first single since 2016. Coming out on a 7" pressing via Vitriol Records, they're an indie rock trio with insanely catchy melodies you gotta check out. 

Heavily inspired by the post-punk style and liking's of the Ramones and the Smiths, Adult Books hit the road for SXSW and are more than likely to hit a city near you soon enough.

Now available on all platforms, make sure to listen to "Vivienne Westwood 1976" by Adult Books

Via Facebook

Via Facebook

Porches – from The Houses to the shows

Following Porches' The Houses release on January 19, 2018 - Aaron Maine hits the road to showcase their latest work. 

Alicia Maciel | February 2018

Partaking in a special 'In the Round' performance at Chicago's Thalia Hall Wednesday, February 22 - indie synth act Porches will be performing in the center of the venue's main floor, providing fans an intimate 360 degree experience. NY-based songwriter Aaron Maine began Porches in 2010 and soon followed the release of 3 EPs, 2 full-length albums, and constant incorporation of new wave styles into his electronica tracks.

Often described as pop/rock synth music, Porches released their 3rd album The Houses January 2018. Taking a step back from reality's hectic pace, Maine talks about introspection and identity throughout the entire album. With songs describing the analysis and understanding of anxiety, the complexity of relationships, reminiscing, and moments of isolation - the key to learning more about oneself is to comprehend what's occurring in their life. 

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Highlighting imperfections and inviting musical contributors ranging from Sandy (Alex G), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Maya Laner (True Blue, Porches), and even his own father - Porches emphasized how rawness and affection influences the development of personhood.

"Find Me" and "Goodbye" are standout tracks on The Houses that bring liveliness and emotional intensity to the listener. With resonating lyrics found on almost every track, "Now The Water" includes a line states "I'd give it all to you to become one with myself", showing the burning desire to be fully accepting of one's self.

Traveling coast to coast and touring Europe in April, you can find upcoming dates to see Porches near you below. 

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Tennessee's Bogues premiers new track and tour

Alicia Maciel | February 2018

Emo's come through indie waves as of late. Bogues from Tennessee released "Orchard to Bartnick", debut single off his new record Life, Slowly due March 2nd. 

For fans of acoustic Mayday Parade and A Day to Remember tracks, and more contemporary bands like Safe Bet - Bogues lyrics and breakdown resonates with anyone dealing with change. Whether it's relationship mishaps, not taking a shot, and losing strong friendships, Bogues plucks at the strings of guitars and hearts while telling a story about the uncertainty under all change. 

Bogues is touring throughout the Midwest and East Coast later this month with more plans to come. Check out their tour dates below:

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Helado Negro - Bringing Latin American Music to TNK

Alicia Maciel | January 2018

Headlining a sold out show night 1 of Tomorrow Never Knows is Helado Negro, bringing ambiance through bilingual lyrics and wavy instrumentals. As a singer-songwriter, Roberto Lange infuses his Ecuadoran-American roots by composing songs in the languages of Spanish and English. Struggling with identity over his lifetime both privately and as an artist, Lange began to work on his fifth and most vulnerable release Private Energy.

Straying away from the norm and creating an original sound, Lange’s sultry vocals layered over captivating electronic pop music can resonate with anyone. Motivated to share his identity through creative expression, one-man band Helado Negro makes audiences of any tongue or skin share a truly powerful experience.

Check out “It’s My Brown Skin” from Helado Negro’s Private Energy (2016). You can find Helado Negro’s links and tour dates down below.

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Tour Dates

1.17 - Chicago. IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows Fest * SOLD OUT
1.18 - St. Louis, MO @ Art of Live Fest
1.19 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art
1.20 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
1.23 - Washington, D. C. @ U Street Music Hall
1.24 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
1.26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
1.27 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
1.28 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4.13 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival
4.14 - Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths Music Festival
4.20 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival

Been Stellar - "Midwestern Holiday"

Alicia Maciel | December 2017

Break-ups aren't the easiest things to deal with. From heartache to intense moments of introspection, Been Stellar's "Midwestern Holiday" encompasses one's scattered state of mind through it all.

Indie rockers Been Stellar relocated from Michigan to NYC for their college years. With major influences including The Strokes, Spoon, and Interpol - Skyler Knapp (guitar), Miles Caminier (drums), Dominic Gould (bass), and Sam Slocum (vox, synth) dropped their new single "Midwestern Holiday" December 1st.

Available on all streaming services now, the adjective-packed 4 minute track infuses elements of an emotional sing-along that can get stuck in your head for days. 

Artwork by Anna McGuffie

Artwork by Anna McGuffie

While part of the lyricism describes tactics any ex-partner does, light guitar drives this sulky, call-for-attention track. The warm hearted bits reminiscing on memories transitioning to misery throughout each stanza stuck out to me. 

The repeated phrases, build up, and release can resonate with anyone's emotions when it comes to breakups. Keep an eye out for Been Stellar!

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The Fratellis Premiere "Stand Up Tragedy" Video

Alicia Maciel | December 2017

Scottish rock trio The Fratellis shared a video for their first single off In Your Own Sweet Time (via Cooking Vinyl) "Stand Up Tragedy". The video can easily catch fans off guard as no band members are visibly present throughout the clip. 

The plot-line for "Stand Up Tragedy" takes place in a senior home with vibrant pops of color scattered across the muted environment. As the song's melodic composition and adrenaline builds, everyone sways to the electrifying rhythm with glitter on their cheeks, wearing feather boas, taking swings of alcohol, and smiling from ear to ear.

The Fratellis are best known for Jon Fratelli's lyricism and catchy song structure. Striving to keep fans on their tip-toes, the band's fifth studio album In Your Own Sweet Time releasing March 9, 2018 produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks) showcases a new style to their witty, high energy roots. Layering psych-influenced back-up vocals, highlighting the riffs, and playfully telling a dark-humor story through their lyrics The Fratellis still have a hat full of tricks to release. 

Catch Jon Fratelli (vox, guitar), Barry Fratelli (Bass), and Mince Fratelli (drums) at Metro Friday, May 11 and elsewhere in the U.S. here. Find tour dates below and pre-order the album here!

TOUR DATES

April 26  Vancouver BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 27 Seattle WA @ The Showbox
April 28 Portland OR @ Roseland Theater
April 30 San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
May 1 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory
May 2 Los Angeles CA @ Belasco Theater
May 4 San Diego CA @ The Observatory North Park
May 5 Phoenix AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
May 7 Salt Lake City UT @ The Complex
May 8 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 10 Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
May 11 Chicago IL @ Metro
May 12 Toronto ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 14 Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 15 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
May 16 Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel
May 18 Boston MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 19 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
May 21 Nashville TN @ Exit In
May 22 Atlanta GA @ Terminal West

 

The Moms "Soup Song" Hits Food TV

Alicia Maciel | November 2017

It's atypical for an indie rock band to land tv time on food talk shows - unless if you're in The Moms, a New Jersey trio singing a heartwarming tune that made others want more.

Debuting on Billboard, reposted on Food & Wine, then hitting The Chew - I'm sure the band did not deliberately plan to gain strong traction amongst foodies. 

"Soup Song" is off of The Moms' recently-released album Doing Asbestos We Can (the pun is killing me). "It addresses the people of the earth about temporary nature of their stay which was inspired by Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth," explains frontman Joey Nester. Pick up vinyl, CD, or a download here.    

"The Moms take a clever turn at tying pop-punk into college rock into indie rock." -Punknews

Catch them on tour in the east coast down below!

Dec 02 The Sidebar - Baltimore, MD

Dec 30 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA